The Evolution of Social Immunity

MGSE Workshop, 13 - 14 February 2020

On 13 and 14 February 2020, the MGSE hosted a workshop on "The Evolution of Social Immunity" with ETT fellow Barbara Milutinovic. The workshop started on Thursday with three keynote talks by invited speakers Peter Biedermann (University of Würzburg), Dino McMahon (Freie Universität Berlin), and Chris Pull (Royal Holloway University London, UK). On Friday morning, the participants discussed the concepts of social immunity and superorganisms.

Organizers: ETT-Fellow Dr. Barbara Milutinovic

Public lectures

Lecture hall SP4, Schlossplatz 4, 48143 Münster


Barbara Milutinovic (IST Austria)
Introduction to social immunity and workshop scope

14.30 Peter Biedermann (University of Würzburg)
Evolutionary feedbacks between insect sociality and microbial management
16.00 Dino McMahon (Freie Universität Berlin)
The evolution of termite immunity and new thoughts on the emergence of superorganisms
17.00 Chris Pull (Royal Holloway University London)
Superorganism immunity: a major transition in immune system evolution

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